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T2 Offense Comes Alive To Beat LA

By CHRIS HOCKMAN - chris.hockman@uslsoccer.com, 05/18/18, 4:15PM EDT

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Langsdorf hat trick helps T2 to highest scoring victory in club history


Photo courtesy Sam Ortega / Portland Timbers 2

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Timbers FC 2 had too much firepower for LA Galaxy II, managing a 7-3 win at Providence Park on Friday, the most goals scored in a single match by T2. An error at the back from Los Dos opened the door for T2 to open the scoring. A soft header back allowed speedy midfielder Victor Arboleda to run in and send the ball across for forward Foster Langsdorf to simply pass the ball into the back of the net to give his side a deserved lead.

Portland wasn’t content with the lead and with two minutes to play in the half, T2 doubled the lead following a switch of play which stretched the LA defense. Jimmy Mulligan received the switch, allowing him to cross into the box, after a missed clearance the ball fell to Langsdorf who made no mistake to score his second of the match and fourth of the season. Los Dos got off to a perfect start in the second half with an incredible strike from a tight angle from teenager Efrain Alvarez. As a halftime substitute the youngster received the ball from Miguel Aguilar and hit a powerful strike from a near impossible angle to pull the visitors back into the match. Langsdorf continued his active match in the 56th minute as he was clipped to give T2 a penalty, which he stepped up and took, wrapping up his hattrick, the first in T2 history.

The goals continued to flow to start the second half and LA closed the gap again just two minutes later as Aguilar turned goal scorer, stunning Portland with a perfectly placed finish out of the reach of the keeper. The Los Dos comeback was complete in the 68th minute as Alvarez found enough space on the edge of the area to hit a powerful strike out of the reach of the keeper. T2 managed to restore its lead in the 81st minute after a saved shot fell to Eryk Williamson who was able to slide the ball into the empty net with the side of his boot. Portland sealed the match in the first minute of stoppage time when Marvin Loria hit a perfectly placed free kick for his first professional goal.

But T2 wasn't done yet as Arboleda stole the ball in the LA box and easily slid the ball past the keeper for another late goal. The seventh came with one of the last kicks of the match as Loria turned provider, setting up Augustine Williams who got a faint touch on it to make club history as Portland scored seven goals in a match for the first time in club history.

Scoring
25’ – POR – Foster Langsdorf (Victor Arboleda)
43’ – POR – Foster Langsdorf (Jimmy Mulligan)
49’ – LA – Efrain Alvarez (Miguel Aguilar)
57’ – POR – Foster Langsdorf (Penalty)
59’ – LA – Miguel Aguilar (Emmanuel Appiah)
68’ – LA – Efrain Alvarez
81’ – POR – Eryk Williamson
90+1’ – POR – Marvin Loria
90+4’ – POR – Victor Arboleda
90+5’ – POR – Augustine Williams (Marvin Loria)

#PORvLA: Highlights and Opta Box Score

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. The goal scoring continued for LA Galaxy II, now up to 13 goals in just three matches, but the defense was the Achilles heel for Los Dos again. Through that run Los Dos has won just one match, but if the defense can stop leaking goals it’s clear that LA will be tough to beat.
  • 2. While T2 ended its run of clean sheets in this match, the offense continued to show its improvement from 2017 where it scored only 27 goals all season. Portland has already scored 21 goals this season with 17 of those coming in the last seven matches. The Portland attack continues to grow, with this win being of historic proportions as T2 scored seven goals for the first time.
  • 3. When these two sides meet there is goals, and that was certainly the case again in this match which was the highest scoring in series history. Not since September 2015 has this encounter had a clean sheet for either side, with T2’s win in this match its first since August 6 2016. For both teams that should lead to confidence up front, knowing the firepower to win games is certainly there.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
Foster Langsdorf, Portland Timbers 2
– Scoring the first hattrick in club history Langsdorf took advantage of the chances he was given, scoring his three goals on just four shots, only having one shot off target all match.

Upcoming Games:
Portland Timbers FC 2
vs. Real Monarchs SLC – May 26, 5p.m. ET, Providence Park
LA Galaxy II vs. Rio Grande Valley FC – May 23, 8p.m. ET, H-E-B Park

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